Programme

Walks Programme

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We are still looking for more members to lead walks, both long and short distances. Any of the experienced walk leaders will be happy to give you help if you need a little confidence to get started.

All walks have a short break, the longer walks a short break plus up to half an hour for lunch. The average pace of the medium walks is 2 miles per hour and the long 2.5 to 3 miles per hour but this can vary with the terrain and at the discretion of the leader. The longer walks tend to be faster paced than the shorter ones.

We would like to encourage more people to car share and some of the walks accommodate this by suggesting meeting up at a specific point. Also consider contacting people who live near you to arrange a lift.

For those walkers who like to use public transport please note that if 3 (up to 9) people travel together on a train they may be eligible for a group discount. For "bus" walks contact the walk leader to confirm bus times. Also please check bus shelter for alterations to schedules.

Incidents on walks

Groups are invited to note the following recommendations:

  • The leader and back marker should always carry a map so that the emergency services can be given accurate directions in the event of an incident.
  • Ensure that the back marker can contact the leader in the event of an incident. It will also be helpful if the leader has an emergency first aid kit in case of trips.

Leaders' mobile phone numbers are given on the contacts page if you have any further queries. You can also click on the leader's name in the programme below to see their mobile phone number (if it is available). Further contact details, such as landline numbers, are available in the printed and emailed versions of the programme.

If you intend to join a walk in extreme weather conditions, please check with the leader before setting out, to save an unnecessary journey.

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July 2018 Return to top
Sun 01 Jul
1030 hours
11+ miles Paul Townson More exploration of the Ridgeway from Bury Down, South and North and varying terrain. Start from Bury Down car park on the Ridgeway (turn off the A34 north of Newbury). GR .
Sun 01 Jul
1030 hours
7 miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe Lots to see of interest on this easy walk from Marlow to Bisham, Temple, Hurley and along the Thames. Plenty of places for a coffee on our return. Bring your sandwiches and meet in the car park at Court Gardens, Marlow. GR .
Sun 01 Jul
1030 hours
3/4 miles Jean Hall STROLL around Cold Ash Village, woods, fields and a newly diverted path. Park in Acland Memorial Hall car park, post code RG18 9JH. GR .
Thu 05 Jul
0952 hours
5/6 miles Monica Hills Leave the car at home and enjoy the beautiful Chilterns. We will travel by bus to Greenlands, then walk up through Dairy Lane and Great Wood to Fawley. Back through Henley Park to Henley for the bus back to Reading. A hilly walk, but we will not be hurrying!! Catch bus Arriva 800 at 0952 hours, from Friar Street, Reading at the back of Marks & Spencers.
Sun 08 Jul
1000 hours
8 miles Jill Greenwood A stimulating walk from Woodcote via Checkendon and Ipsden. Up and down the rolling hills with great views, woods and meadows. Start from Woodcote car park. GR .
Sun 08 Jul
1030 hours
3/4 miles Monica Hills STROLL from Ufton Nervet, Ufton Court and woodland to the south. Verge park near the church and school at Ufton Nervet. GR .
Thu 12 Jul
1030 hours
5.5 miles Joan Wheeler A walk along the Thames and into the surrounding countryside of Wooburn and Hedsor. Start from the Spade Oak free car park. GR .
Sun 15 Jul
1030 hours
10+ miles Marian Waters From Hurley and along the Thames path and back around Cookham/Cookham Dean. A mostly flat walk with good views from Winter Hill. Start from the car park in the village of Hurley. GR .
Sun 15 Jul
1030 hours
6 miles Thelma & Paul Townson A scintillating walk from Thatcham to Greenham Common. Start from the Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre car park. GR .
Sun 15 Jul
1030 hours
3/4 miles Margaret Marshall STROLL. Starting from the gem of a grade 1 listed, 15th century church in Mattingley, an amble in sylvan woodlands and along old paths. Park a little away from the church in case there is a service. GR .
Thu 19 Jul
1030 hours
6 miles Gloria & Mike Ryall A D.H.Lawrence walk from Elizabeth Cader-Cuff's book, in and around and up and down areas surrounding Hermitage, starting from "The Fox" in Hermitage. This walk passes places D.H.Lawrence and Frieda knew well and several times it crosses the railway line they and their friends used before it was closed. Park on the road near "The Fox" public house, post code RG18 9RB, Hermitage, which is on the B4009, five miles north-east of Newbury. GR .
Sun 22 Jul
0930 hours
9 miles Jim Arnott A walk around Avebury; taking in the less visited stones, Windmill Hill and the tail end of the Ridgeway. There are two pubs en route, if the weather is inclement. Contact Jim to join this walk – and car share – leaving his place off Water Road at 0930 hours hours.
Sun 22 Jul
1030 hours
4/5 miles Jill Kendall An easy paced, scenic walk, for everyone, from Whitchurch Hill, with open fields and views of the Thames Valley. Start from the recreation ground behind the church. GR .
Thu 26 Jul
1030 hours
4.5 miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman An easy level walk with plenty of interest, starting this year along the Thames Path, with affluent properties on the far bank, into the grounds of Dorney Lake (remember the 2012 Olympics), on to Dorney with its Tudor houses and back to Dorney Common. Start from the car park at Dorney Common. GR . Directions: Take the A4 to the far side of Maidenhead, B3026 at roundabout to Dorney (ignore earlier sign to Dorney), over cattle grid onto the common, first right after the grid across the common. Car park is near the end of this road, on the right.
Sun 29 Jul
1030 hours
5 or 8 miles Ali Melabie & Chris Bintcliffe walker Our annual event welcoming the London Blind Rambling Club for a walk, starting in the village of Waltham St Lawrence and can be either 5 miles or 8+ miles in length, to enjoy in the surrounding countryside. Park and meet by the church in the centre of this old village. GR . We need volunteers to help guide our guests and also for ferrying to and from the station. The walkers will be picked up from Twyford Railway Station prior to the walk. If you have a car available please advise Ali.
August 2018 Return to top
Thu 02 Aug
1030 hours
5/6 miles Peter Francis This is a lovely walk to begin the programme, from the delightful hamlet of Hailey (near Ipsden) in the Chilterns. Start from “The King William IV” public house, which is a great place for food at the finish. GR .
Sat 04 Aug
1000 hours
   The Earley Green Fair. Details in the diary.
Sun 05 Aug
1030 hours
10 miles Ron & Vinny Knowles A pleasant walk eastwards towards Marlow from Hambleden Village, with some ascents, returning along the Thames to enjoy the lovely countryside. Meet at the car park behind the pub in Hambleden Village. GR .
Sun 05 Aug
1030 hours
5 miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe A little bit of everything, Bowsey Hill (forest), Warren Row (with Chapel), and sheep pasture and flower meadows. Park in the layby on the site of the former Seven Stars PH on the A4 at Knowl Hill. GR .
Thu 09 Aug
1030 hours
5.5 miles Joan Wheeler A walk through the Chiltern countryside (with some ups). Meet at Nuffield Place National Trust . GR .
Sun 12 Aug
    Trip to Bath to walk with the Bristol Ramblers. Full details in the diary.
Sun 12 Aug
1030 hours
3+ miles Jean Hall STROLL around the lovely, friendly village of Ewelme, also the watercress beds. Meet at the recreation ground (maybe tea and cake at the village shop after walking). GR .
Thu 16 Aug
1030 hours
6.5 miles Gloria & Mike Ryall A pleasant and interesting walk on the downs near Lambourne taking in the historic villages of Eastbury and East Garston beside the River Lambourne. There are a couple of hills but the views are lovely and there is a good pub at the end of the walk. There are one or two of nettle patches so shorts aren’t recommended although it would be wise to take a stick. Take the M4 to J14 and follow the A338 signposted to Wantage and turn off and go through East Garston and park in Downs Close Eastbury on the right hand side, just before the Plough PH. There is a telephone box on the corner which contains a defibrillator. Car sharing is recommended as parking is limited. Postcode RG17 7JP. GR .
Sun 19 Aug
1030 hours
7 miles Liz Hewitt A varied walk through woodland, meadows and parkland on the borders of Berkshire and Hampshire. Start from the Ashford Hill recreation ground at the Southern end of Chapel Lane, off the B3051. Note that Chapel Lane is on 3 sides of a square. Coming from Reading, go past the first entrance and turn right into the second Chapel Lane sign. GR .
Sun 19 Aug
1030 hours
3+ miles Monica Hills STROLL An easy circular walk along the the river Loddon and through Dinton Pastures, calling in the café for coffee and cake. Park at the Woodley Aircraft Museum (which may be worth a visit if open) off Mohawk Way, Woodley. GR .
Thu 23 Aug
1030 hours
6 miles Ron & Vinny Knowles A walk from Courage Park through Coley Park taking in Holy Brook and the Kennet & Avon. Meet at Courage Park car park. From Berkeley Avenue turn into Ashley Road then right into Edenham Crescent. Follow this road past a little green, up a slight rise then follow the road to the right until you see a playground and a building on the right with parking spaces. GR .
Sun 26 Aug
1030 hours
12 miles Jim Arnott Explore the glorious Chilterns around Pishill, Turville Park and Christmas Common starting from Russells Water Common at Oak Farm. GR .
Mon 27 Aug
1030 hours
3/4 miles Jean Hall STROLL. Join Jean for the popular Bank Holiday stroll ,in the footpaths around Checkendon, returning for a baguette and pint at the pub. Meet at the “Black Horse” public house Checkendon. GR .
Thu 30 Aug
1030 hours
5.5 miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman Cookham and Cliveden Reach. From Cookham a pleasing walk along the Thames footpath to Boulter’s Lock and back via Widbrook Common. Coffee break on Ray Mill Island. Park at the west end of the Moor at Cookham. GR .
September 2018 Return to top
Sun 02 Sep
1030 hours
10 miles Ron & Vinny Knowles From Checkendon a fairly gentle walk taking in Stoke Row, English Farm (with its elephant) and Nuffield Common. GR .
Sun 02 Sep
1030 hours
5/6 miles Thelma & Paul Townson From Goring a walk around the Chiltern hills and valleys. Start from the car park behind the “Catherine Wheel” public house in Goring. GR .
Sun 02 Sep
1030 hours
3+ miles Catherine Breen STROLL. A gentle, mostly flat stroll around the new SANGS (Suitable Accessible Natural Green Spaces) at Arborfield, past the 112 year old Sergeant’s Mess and a nose around the SDL (Strategic Development Location) partly competed “behind the wire” at Arborfield Garrison, which includes a beautiful wildlife lake. Stop for coffee at California Country Park. Park in the Garrison Community Centre car park, at the very end of Princess Marina Drive, on the right. Nearest postcode RG2 9NL. GR .
Thu 06 Sep
1030 hours
5 miles Keith Toogood Trees and water. A pleasant, easy walk through part of Windsor Great Park. Meet at the west end of Bishopsgate Road, Englefield Green near the “Fox and Hounds” public house. On-street parking - please car share if possible. GR .
Sun 9 Sep
1030 hours
3+ miles Sonia Nash STROLL with tea and cakes at Sonning Lock. A flat walk along one side of the meadow, past various lakes to Sonning Lock and after refreshments back along the river bank. Park in the free Waterside car park, on Valley Park Drive, Thames Valley Business Park. GR .
Thu 13 Sep
    Walks arranged in Monmouth.
Sun 16 Sep
1030 hours
7 miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe Shiplake to Marsh Lock and back. Rolling woodland and fields to Harpsden and its charming church, and back along the Thames via Marsh Lock and Shiplake College and its church. Park and start from Plough Lane by Shiplake C of E School. Take Plough Lane by turning off the A4155 at the side of the “Plowden Arms” public house. Nearest postcode RG9 4DW. GR .
Thu 20 Sep
1030 hours
6 miles Thelma & Paul Townson From the beautiful 15th century church at Mattingley, walking eastwards to Hazeley Heath and back through Dipley Bridge. Meet at the church car park. GR .
Sun 23 Sep
1030 hours
10 miles Paul Townson A perennial favourite walk around the Hambleden Valley to see the blaze of Autumn colours. Start from Mill End car park. GR .
Sun 23 Sep
1030 hours
3/4 miles Monica Hills STROLL around Collins End and Goring Heath. Verge park near the now closed “King Charles” public house (still marked on the map). GR .
Thu 27 Sep
1030 hours
6+ miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman A walk of 6 miles and 3 furlongs Ascot Racecourse. Beginning with a level walk through woods and by the Great Pond in Sunninghill Park, to the world famous racecourse , with a close up of the magnificent grandstand. Although only of medium distance we shall take our time and have a lunch break so bring sandwiches. Park in New Mile Road. GR . Directions: Turn left at mini-roundabout at the end of Ascot High Street, signposted to Maidenhead and Windsor. New Mile Road is a short distance along on the right hand side.
Sun 30 Sep
1030 hours
8/9 miles Maggie Hills A walk taking in the Blackwater Valley Path, Bramshill Plantation and the 3 Castles Path. Start from Eversley Church (please park carefully and leave space for the people attending the church service at 1100 hours). GR .
Sun 30 Sep
1030 hours
3 miles Margaret Marshall STROLL around the charming village of Swallowfield. Meet at All Saints Church. GR .
October 2018 Return to top
Thu 04 Oct
1010 hours
5/6 miles Monica Hills BUS WALK. Ride and stride with Monica from Cane End to Woodcote via Deadmans Lane, Hook End and Heath End, Catch X39 bus from Station Road, Reading (stop EB) at 1010 hours to Cane End. Return from Woodcote (a pub handy for refreshment).
Sun 07 Oct
1030 hours
10+ miles Marian Waters Another walk from Thatcham Discovery Centre featuring Greenham common and the Kennet and Avon canal. Park at the Discovery Centre . GR .
Sun 07 Oct
1030 hours
7+ miles Ali Melabie A walk from Hurley encompassing some of the Thames path, countryside to the south and Ashley hill. This is an opportunity to meet up with some fellow Rambler’s from Wokingham’s French twinned town of Viry sur Chatillon when they are visiting Wokingham, as part of the continued relationship between the 2 towns which has lasted 41 years. The walk may be lengthened depending on the group. Meet at Hurley car park near the “Old Bell” public house. GR .
Sun 07 Oct
1030 hours
3.5 miles Jean Hall STROLL from the Norcot Roundabout, down Scours Lane to the Thames for a nice easy stroll back to Reading. Catch the number 17 bus from stop CW opposite Cheapside, to alight at the Norcot Roundabout.
Thu 11 Oct
1030 hours
5/6 miles Joan Wheeler Lovely Chiltern views one never tires of, between Woodcote and Goring Heath. Park at Woodcote Village Hall. GR .
Sun 14 Oct
1030 hours
10 miles Paul Townson A walk around the Chiltern Hills and Valleys from Goring. Start from the car park behind the “Catherine Wheel” public house. GR .
Sun 14 Oct
1030 hours
3/4 miles Monica Hills STROLL around Peppard Common and the Golf Course. Park near the “Red Lion” public house. GR .
Thu 18 Oct
0925 hours
5 miles Mike & Gloria Ryall An interesting West London continuation of the Capital Ring on mostly level paths from the Thames at Richmond to Osterley Lock passing Syon House and Park, and following the river Brent and the Grand Union Canal. Meet at Reading Station at 09:25 hours with a packed lunch having purchased an off-peak travelcard to London Zones 1-6. If you do not have a railcard, please let Mike or Gloria know so we can organise group travel arrangements. Please confirm by Tuesday 16th Oct if you are attending by phoning.
Sat 20 Oct
1130 hours / 1400 hours
    Mid Berks A.G.M. will be held at Earley Crescent Resource Centre, Warbler Drive, Lower Earley, RG6 4HB. Meet at 1130 hours for a pre A.G.M. stroll led by Jean Hackett in the local area, or 1300 hours for pre A.G.M. refreshments. Bring your own packed lunch to eat followed by tea/coffee plus cakes provided by the Group. Paul & Thelma Townson will be giving a presentation on a recent exotic holiday they enjoyed. The meeting will start at 1400 hours.
Sun 21 Oct
1030 hours
    Litter pick/cleanup walks. This is an initiative for all the groups in the Berkshire area to take part in a litter pick in their local areas. Bring your litter pickers (if you have them) and suitable rubbish bags and join in the clean up. From the meeting point groups will go in 2 directions along river and canal. Start from the free car park by the Thames near the Waterside Centre, Thames Valley Park Drive, Thames Valley Business Park, Earley. GR .
Thu 25 Oct
1030 hours
4 miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman Littlewick Green and Prospect Hill. Our annual gentle ascent to admire the autumn colours and panoramic view from Prospect Hill overlooking the Thames Valley at Hurley. Picnic table coffee break. Start from near the church on the far side of Littlewick Green. GR .
Sun 28 Oct
1030 hours
9/10 miles Ali Melabie This walk is to the east of Mattingley, a pretty village with a very interesting old church, and will take us to Hazeley Heath and maybe a lucky refreshing cuppa at West Green House. Park near the church in Mattingley. GR .
Sun 28 Oct
1030 hours
5/6 miles Thelma & Paul Townson A lovely Autumn walk around some of the myriad footpaths of the Hambleden Valley. Meet at the Mill End car park. GR .
Sun 28 Oct
1015 hours
3 miles Margaret Marshall STROLL with Margaret on a countryside walk. Catch the X40 bus to Oxford , from stop EB in Station Road, Reading, at 1015 hours. Alight opposite the “Pack Horse” public house, Chazey Heath. The return bus is at 1243 or 1343 hours.
November 2018 Return to top
Thu 01 Nov
1030 hours
5 miles Joan Wheeler This is a walk in open countryside , from Rotherfield Peppard , that had to be cancelled last December. Park at All Saints church Rotherfield Peppard. GR .
Sun 04 Nov
1030 hours
5/6 miles Jill Kendal Hopefully a chance to see autumn colours and good views, exploring Kingwood and Peppard Commons. Park near the “Red Lion” public house, postcode RG9 5LB. GR .
Thu 08 Nov
1030 hours
5+ miles Keith Toogood Up from Hambleden. The Chilterns, fine views, open spaces and some hills. Meet in the Hambleden Village car park (behind the “Stag and Huntsman” public house). GR .
Sun 11 Nov
1030 hours
9 miles Liz Hewitt A foray into South Bucks, starting from the main car park in Burnham Beeches nature reserve. The walk takes in the pretty villages of Hedgerley and Fulmer, and returns via Stoke Common. Follow the brown signs for Burnham Beeches from Farnham Common on the A355 (look for a parade of shops and an Indian Restaurant by the turning). There is a £3 charge for the car park at weekends. GR . Contact Liz beforehand to arrange car share and spread the cost!
Sun 11 Nov
1015 hours
3/4 miles Monica Hills STROLL. From Medmenham to Marlow. Walking down past the golf course to walk along the river into Marlow for refreshment and the bus back to Reading. Catch the 800 bus at 1015 hours from Friar Street, Reading (at the back of M&S).
Thu 15 Nov
1030 hours
5.5 miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman A walk through the green lanes of Waltham St. Lawrence, the hamlet of West End and into Shottesbrooke Park. Start from Waltham St. Lawrence Parish Church. GR .
Sat 17 Nov
1030 hours / 1400 hours
    Area A.G.M. Hosted by Mid Berks Ramblers held at Mortimer West End Village Hall, Church Road, Mortimer West End, Reading, RG7 2HZ. There will be 2 lengths of walks on offer lasting a maximum of 2 hours. 1230 hours for pre A.G.M. refreshments. Bring your own packed lunch to eat followed by tea/coffee plus cakes provided by the Group. 1400 hours A.G.M. 1500 hours a talk will be given by Dr. John Oversby BSc PhD who is a lecturer much in demand internationally for Environmental Education. The title of his talk is “Air Quality – Does it Need Improving, Even for Ramblers”?
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Sun 18 Nov
1030 hours
10/11 miles Marian Waters From Bucklebury common taking in Stanford Dingley and Bradfield. Some ups and downs and lovely countryside. Start from the car park on the north side of the road about 1 mile west of Chapel Row. GR .
Sun 18 Nov
1030 hours
7 miles Jim Arnott Exploring the Pang Valley and Cold Ash from Upper Bucklebury. Start from Fanny’s Lane car park at Upper Bucklebury. GR .
Thu 22 Nov
1030 hours
5+ miles Thelma & Paul Townson An ideal walk for late Autumn from Finchampstead church around the Ridges and the Blackwater Valley. Park near the church. GR .
Sun 25 Nov
1030 hours
10 miles Ron & Vinny Knowles A walk through the Chilterns towards Christmas Common and back with some climbs but lovely views. Start from Russell’s Water Common, parking at the pub end. GR .
Sun 25 Nov
1030 hours
5.5 miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe A green and pleasant walk, Mortimer, Wokefield Park and Foudry Brook: undulating country with a small riverside walk. Park at the Recreation Ground, opposite the “Horse and Groom” public house, Mortimer. GR .
Thu 29 Nov
1030 hours
5+ miles Keith Toogood A Swyncombe Saunter. The Chilterns with fine views, open spaces and some hills. Meet at Ewelme Recreation Ground car park. GR .

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